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The Centre Management Group is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Melissa Opozda to the position of Freemasons Men’s Health Post-doctoral Research Fellow. This is the 13th Fellowship funded by the Freemasons Foundation.

Melissa is a also a health psychologist working in private practice and has been a post-doctoral researcher in the FFCMH since 2017.

Melissa has experience in quantitative and qualitative health psychology research, individual and group health psychology interventions, and student and health professional training and education. Her research and clinical interests lie mostly within health psychology, focusing on men’s health, adjustment to chronic and acute conditions, eating and other health-related behaviours, obesity and overweight, bariatric surgery, psycho-oncology, and addiction.  Melissa has also worked in research in general practice and nursing research settings.

As a clinician and researcher, Melissa aims to apply her expertise in men’s health, health behaviour change, and primary health care to build on and translate the knowledge generated within FFCMH into the delivery of effective health services that meet the needs and preferences of men. This program will complement and broaden FFCMH’s existing work in men’s health.

 

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We congratulate Dr Prabin Gyawali on being awarded his PhD and for receiving the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence.

Dr Prabin Gyawali BSc, MSc, PhD
Thesis:  Sex Hormone Binding Globulin – Regulation and role as a marker of chronic disease risk
Supervisors: Professor Gary Wittert, Dr Sean Martin, Professor Leonie Hielbronn

Summary: Until now Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) has only been considered as predominantly a liver derived carrier protein to deliver sex hormones to target tissues and prevent their degradation. Given that the production of SHBG in the liver is influenced by metabolic, hormonal and nutritional factors, for his PhD, Prabin, a Clinical Biochemist, used epidemiological methods to identify a new function of SHBG – as a marker of poor health and chronic disease risk, particularly cardiovascular disease, Type II Diabetes and prostate cancer in men.  For this he used biomedical and health data collected over time on men in the MAILES cohort study.

Impact:  SHBG may be an early and easily measured marker for screening of pre-symptomatic chronic disease and outcomes.  This epidemiological study now needs to be translated into an experimental clinical setting to examine the the usefulness of SHBG in screening for chronic disease. Given the strength of the results, however, Prabin advocates for routine measurement of SHBG when assessing men for cardiovascular disease.

We wish Prabin success in securing a post-doctoral position to allow him to continue his important work on SHBG, and wish him and his family all the best for the future.  Email: prabin.gyawali@adelaide.edu.au

Publications:

  • Gyawali P, Martin SA, Heilbronn LK, Vincent AD, Jenkins AJ, Januszewski AS, Adams RJT, O’Loughlin PD, Wittert GA.Higher Serum Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin Levels Are Associated With Incident Cardiovascular Disease in Men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2019 Dec 1;104(12):6301-6315. doi: 10.1210/jc.2019-01317. View abstract
  • Gyawali P, Martin SA, Heilbronn LK, Vincent AD, Jenkins AJ, Januszewski AS, Taylor AW, Adams RJT, O’Loughlin PD, Wittert GA.Cross-sectional and longitudinal determinants of serum sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in a cohort of community-dwelling men. PLoS One. 2018 Jul 11;13(7):e0200078. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0200078. View abstract
  • Gyawali P, Martin SA, Heilbronn LK, Vincent AD, Taylor AW, Adams RJT, O’Loughlin PD, Wittert GA.The role of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), testosterone, and other sex steroids, on the development of type 2 diabetes in a cohort of community-dwelling middle-aged to elderly men. Acta Diabetol. 2018 Aug;55(8):861-872. doi: 10.1007/s00592-018-1163-6. Epub 2018 May 29.  View abstract
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We congratulate Dr Amy Finlay on being awarded her PhD and for receiving the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence.

Amy Finlay BPsychSci, BHlthSc (Hon), PhD
Thesis:  Prostate Cancer Health and Fitness Online: The development and pilot testing of an internet physical activity program for prostate cancer survivors.
Supervisors: Dr Camille Short and Professor Gary Wittert

Summary:  For her PhD program, Amy worked  closely with consumers (men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer) to systematically co-design and evaluate an on-line computer-tailored program (marketed as Prostate Cancer Health and Fitness online) supporting physical activity after a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Amy worked with men to examine the tailoring factors needed in health promotion messaging and internet use and website feature preferences when seeking information and advice regarding physical activity.  Amy undertook a randomised controlled trial testing two versions of the on-line program.  

Impact: Giving users autonomy when using online computer tailoring is beneficial in e-health lifestyle interventions for men with prostate cancer but Amy’s research highlights that a multifaceted health services approach to supporting men in building self-efficacy and maintaining behaviors is still very important. The recommendations from Amy’s work will guide further e-health programs including those designed for men with prostate cancer.

We wish Amy all the success and happiness for the future.  Amy’s immediate goal is to find a position in public health policy/practice where we have no doubt she will excel and make an impact  Email: amy.finlay@adelaide.edu.au

Publications:

  • McIntosh M, Opozda MJ, Evans H, Finlay A, Galvão DA, Chambers SK, Short CE.A systematic review of the unmet supportive care needs of men on active surveillance for prostate cancer. Psychooncology. 2019 Dec;28(12):2307-2322. doi: 10.1002/pon.5262.   View abstract
  • Forbes CC, Finlay A, McIntosh M, Siddiquee S, Short CE.A systematic review of the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of online supportive care interventions targeting men with a history of prostate cancer. J Cancer Surviv. 2019 Feb;13(1):75-96. doi: 10.1007/s11764-018-0729-1. View abstract
  • Finlay A, Wittert G, Short CE. A systematic review of physical activity-based behaviour change interventions reaching men with prostate cancer. J Cancer Surviv. 2018 Aug;12(4):571-591. doi: 10.1007/s11764-018-0694-8. View abstract
  • Short CE, Finlay A, Sanders I, Maher C.Development and pilot evaluation of a clinic-based mHealth app referral service to support adult cancer survivors increase their participation in physical activity using publicly available mobile apps. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Jan 16;18(1):27. doi: 10.1186/s12913-017-2818-7. View abstract
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The Centre congratulates Dr Rayzel Fernades on being awarded her PhD. Rayzel Fernandes BSc, MSc, PhD Thesis: The role of microRNA-194 in prostate cancer progression Superviors: Dr Luke Selth, Dr Theresa Hickey, Prof Wayne Tilley Summary: Rayzel’s project characterised the function of a small non-coding RNA molecule, microRNA-194 (miR-194), in prostate cancer. Using cutting-edge genomic […]

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Bunnings stores run regular Tradie Breakfasts to thank their Trade  customers for their business. Bunnings Munno Para West welcomed the opportunity for the Centre to partner with them on a breakfast with a difference in September. Men were given a goodie bag that included healthy lifestyle information including the CSIRO total well-being diet for men […]

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The Centre congratulates Dr Adel Aref on being awarded his PhD and for receiving the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Adel Aref MBBCh, ESMOc, SCMO (UK), PhD Thesis:  Defining the role of lipids and metabolic factors as risk factors for prostate cancer incidence and aggressiveness. Supervisors: Prof Lisa Butler, Dr Andrew Vincent, Dr Michael O’Callaghan, […]

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Since September 2019, 14 Young Blood podcasts have been produced and released by Callum MacPherson and Podbooth on Apple ITunes (https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/young-blood-mens-health-matters/id1480617800) and other podcast platforms (Blubrry, Listen Notes, Google, Podtail, Sticher) and promoted via Facebook , Instagram and Twitter. An industry set successful podcast is 100 – 500+ downloads per month (per episode), to annex […]

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The Centre congratulates the following students on their FFCMH Summer Vacation Scholarship award. Mr Hendrew Duvenage (MBBS, 5th Year, The University of Adelaide) Project: Relative contribution of novel predictors to the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in Australian men. Supervisor: Prof Gary Wittert, Dr Sean Martin, Dr Andrew Vincent Ms Ser Yee Ang (BPsychSc 3rd […]

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Congratulations to Dr Phillip Tully, NHMRC Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellow, on being awarded a Vanguard grant from the Heart Foundation. Patients with cardiovascular disease and comorbid depression are a group traditionally characterised by high healthcare usage, chronic disease morbidity, and premature death. Collaborative care is standard evidence-based practice in the USA and UK […]

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We are very pleased to welcome Mr Terry Hall to the FFCMH men’s health research volunteer team.  Terry is a University of Adelaide alumni and retired staff member. Terry worked as a Senior IT Training Officer, in the Technology & Digital Enablement Group of the University’s Information Technology & Digital Services for 15 years.  He […]

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